Taught course

Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security

University of Essex · Department of Sociology

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree or equivalent in sociology or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

In recent years, issues of terrorism and organised crime have gained an unprecedented profile, provoked significant social concern and dominated both law and order and many wider social policy agendas. We address key critical issues surrounding organised criminality and terrorism in contemporary society. We involve multi-level analyses of organised crime as a concept, alongside the impacts of urbanisation, migration and globalisation upon both the practice of crime and the ways in which we understand them. In addition, you address cutting-edge critical, conceptual and theoretical analyses of terrorism and counter-terrorism.

MSc Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security provides you with a strong grounding in the key theories and issues within the wider discipline of criminology. You also receive advanced training in the skills and techniques needed to undertake high quality research in this and other criminological areas of inquiry. Our conceptual and skills-based tuition will provide a substantial foundation for careers within related academic, public, and private sector realms.

Our Department of Sociology was placed joint first in the UK in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), meaning our students are taught, supported and supervised by world-class scholars, thus graduating an outstanding qualification that will help in all your future endeavours.

We are a large and friendly department, offering a range and diversity of research interests and with staff members who are committed to teaching, research and publication that covers a broad geographical spectrum. Many have worked at the local level with local authorities, justice councils, community partnerships and charities. Others have worked at a national and international level with bodies like the United Nations, the European Commission's Expert Group on Public Understanding of Science, Amnesty International, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Home Office and national non-governmental organisations.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with a minimum component score of 6.0

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment80
Dissertation20 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719